Marco Silva’s future as Watford’s head coach was the last thing on the players’ minds as they beat West Ham United, according to Will Hughes.
What should have been a quiet international break for the Hornets was far from it.
After beating Watford 3-2 in the final game before the two-week break, Everton then decided they wanted Silva to fill their managerial vacancy and had two offers rebuffed by the Hertfordshire club.
Silva did not help matters; with rumours of his interest in speaking to the Toffees circulating, he added fuel to the flames by refusing to commit his future to Vicarage Road when given the opportunity to do so.
Hughes, though, insisted the players paid little attention to the talk and were focused on picking up three points against West Ham.
“It wasn’t necessarily [all about] the manager for us,” Hughes said shortly after netting his first goal.
“It doesn’t change for us, we’ve been training all week and we deserved the three points. It wasn’t as easy as it should have been, we should have killed the game earlier.”